Thursday 27 July 2017

'Shouts of pain' were heard from Michaela's room

Michaela pictured on her wedding day with husband John McAreavey
Michaela pictured on her wedding day with husband John McAreavey

Mayessen Nagapa-Chetty

A WITNESS revealed that he heard the voice of a woman "shouting in pain" from the hotel room where Michaela Harte was found murdered.

Star witness Raj Theekoy told district magistrate Sheila Bonomally yesterday that he heard the victim shouting on three occasions during the brief spell he was around room 1025 at the Legends Hotel in Mauritius.

He also admitted that he saw both murder co-accused, Sandip Moneea and Avinash Treebhowon, near the room minutes after he heard shouting.

Prosecuting counsel Mehdi Choony told the court that the witness had been granted immunity from prosecution.

Mr Treebhowon was assigned the same block of rooms with Mr Theekoy and he later met Mr Moneea, who seemed "stressed".

Mr Theekoy described the moment he saw hotel director Brice Lunot running toward room 1025: "At that moment, Mr Moneea said -- 'I think there is a problem, let's go there'."

The witness added: "The door was opened. We stayed outside. I saw a body there. Mr Brice was administering cardiac massage to the woman."

Afterwards, Mr Theekoy questioned Mr Treebhowon about what happened.

According to Mr Theekoy, Mr Moneea interrupted their conversation and threatened Mr Theekoy: "Be quiet. If you open your mouth, I'll pull you in this."

During cross-examination, Mr Theekoy revealed he had to leave his previous job at the Marina Hotel after "minor trouble" with management. He was asked to leave when a bottle of wine was found in his bag. The hearing will continue on Friday.

Irish Independent

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